This scenic loop route can be ridden in either direction. The ride includes the Richard Russell Scenic Byway. Stops worth considering are the Mountain Crossing at Neels Gap (where the Appalachian Trail crosses) on Blood Mountain, and the various scenic overlooks on the Richard Russell Scenic Byway. Stop for lunch at JR's Roadkill BBQ & Ribs at the historic Turners Corner area. Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia.
Mileage: 50 Blood Mountain Printable Map
A scenic 40-mile loop through the mountains, with an optional stop at Brasstown Bald (which will add an additional 9 miles), Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia and has a lookout tower worth visiting. There is a fee to access the tower. The ride includes the Richard Russell Scenic Byway.
Mileage: 49 Brasstown Ride Printable Map
Take a scenic ride around Lake Burton, a deep water moutain lake that was one of the first large, integrated hydroelectric systems to be built in North America. The electricity it provided would begin Atlanta's growth into the economic metropolis it is today. The Lake Burton Fish Hatchery and Moccasin Creek State Park are located on the lake's west side.
Mileage: 44 Lake Burton Ride Printable Map
Stovall Mill Cover Bridge
This is a short scenic loop ride in the valley. Places of interest are the Stovall Mill Covered Bridge and Old Sautee Store. Visit the Sautee Nacoochee Valley arts and crafts community. The ride circles back through the town of Helen to the Unicoi Lodge.
Mileage: 22 Stovall Bridge Printable Map